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Hotels near the Zattere (for all piers)
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ABOVE: An aerial view of the Zattere waterbus
platforms in the eastern half of Dorsoduro.
The Zattere is a pedestrian
promenade that runs along the Dorsoduro side of the Giudecca Canal, which is the
main channel for cruise ships that are going to or from the
Venice cruise port. Midway along the
canal are stops labeled "Zattere" for ACTV, Venice's public
waterbus network, and Alilaguna
(which operates airport boats between
Marco Polo Airport and various points in
the city center).
Line stops at the Zattere on its way between Marco Polo Airport and the
Marittima cruise terminals.
The trip between the Zattere floating pier and the Marittima ship basin takes
only 12 minutes and costs only a little more than a vaporetto fare, making it convenient to stay at a hotel near
the Zattere if:
Your ship is arriving or departing from Marittima. (Large
ships generally use Marittima; small and mid-size ships are more likely to use the
San Basilio pier, which we discuss on page 4.)
You're coming from (or going to) Venice Marco Polo Airport.
The following hotels are convenient to Alilaguna's Zattere
Venice's first "Design Hotel" is an Art Deco-inspired boutique hotel next to the
Gallerie dell'Accademia. From the Zattere boat landing, you can roll your
suitcase a few short, level blocks to the hotel without crossing any bridges.
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...and for the Pensione Seguso:
Hotel Belle Arti (3 stars)
From the Zattere, you can reach the Belle Arti without crossing any bridges:
Just bear left as you leave the Alilaguna pier and head down the wide cross
street (Rio Terà Antonio Foscarini). Continue a block or so
to the hotel, which is on the left side of the street. If you want to save
money, try the Belle Arti's cheaper annex, the
Domus Cavanis, across the street.
Check rates, reviews, and availability for the Hotel Belle
...and for Domus Cavanis:
This upscale bed-and-breakfast is within walking distance
of the Alilaguna Blue Line airport-boat stop at Zattere, with no bridges to
cross. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises. Compare rates, reviews, and availability:
This long-popular Venetian hotel (which once
served as a Russian embassy) was featured in Summertime, the 1955
movie starring Katherine Hepburn. It has a large private garden, and its 27
rooms have either garden or canal views.
Hotel American Dinesen
We don't know how or when the Hotel American got its name, but if
you're expecting a Hilton or a Travelodge, think again: The hotel occupies a
17th Century palazzo and has a completely Venetian decor. It overlooks
a canal that runs between the Zattere and the Grand Canal; you'll need to cross
one small bridge on your way to the hotel. Compare rates, reviews, and availability:
Hotel Messner (2 stars)
This hotel offers good value in an upscale neighborhood near the Peggy
Guggenheim Collection and the Santa Maria della Salute Church. It's a bit
farther from the Zattere Alilaguna stop than the hotels listed above, but the
walk is mostly level with three footbridges between the boat stop and the hotel.
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Pensione Accademia Villa Maravege (3 stars)
This hotel has a loyal
following, so book well in advance if you want a room. (The Accademia Villa
Maravege is on the Grand Canal side of Dorsoduro, but it's an easy walk from the
Zattere with only one small bridge to cross near the hotel.) Compare rates, reviews, and availability:
For the hotels that may be convenient if you don't mind walking
a little farther, see
Hotels near San Basilio on page 4 of this article.
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